Being an enthusiastic traveler and a light sleeper isn't exactly an ideal combination for getting the most out of my journeys. Fortunately, over the years, I've picked up a few tricks and tips along the way to help avoid the frustrations of noisy neighbors and thin hotel walls to make the most of my nights on the road. Here's hoping these 10 ways to get a good night's sleep in a hotel room help you achieve some sweet dreams, too.
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1. Choose your room carefully. When making your reservation or checking in, always, always, always request a quiet room - i.e., away from noisy elevators, stairwells, ice and vending machines, housekeeping, pool areas, and any construction zones. In my experience, quieter rooms tend to be those at the end of the hall (assuming there's no housekeeping nearby) and on upper floors, away from traffic and street noise.
2. Pack the essentials. That means earplugs (forget those squishy versions they sometimes hand out in business class on flights and go for the moldable silicone ones; Mack's Earplugs are solid standbys) and a comfortable eye mask. You may feel like a diva at first, but trust me, getting a good night's sleep far outweighs that sentiment.
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